WHAT IT MEANS: The Nets gutted out their first big win in their new borough.
The Nets (5-2), who have won four in a row, hadn’t beaten the Celtics since March 14, 2011. It’s their first four-game winning streak since March 4-14, 2011.
They blew a 13-point lead, only to come up with key plays in the fourth quarter. Johnson, who had an off shooting night, hit back-to-back jumpers to snap an 87-all tie, and Lopez’s putback gave the Nets a six-point lead with 1:45 left. The Celtics would cut it to one, but that’s as close as they’d get.
D-WILL'S FINAL 43: Deron Williams played well in the first half, then tailed off significantly in the second half. He finished with 24 points and eight assists, but shot just 6-for-17 from the field -- 3-for-11 after halftime. His six free throws in the final 43 seconds were huge, though.
BROOK-LYN: Lopez ended his night with 24 points and six rebounds on an efficient 11-for-14 from the floor. He has scored 20-plus points in four of the team’s first seven games this season.
HIGHLIGHT REEL: D-Will’s no-look pass to Lopez for a reverse dunk in the first quarter certainly stood out, as did his killer 3-point play against Leandro Barbosa in the second period.
HURTING? D-Will appeared to tweak his right ankle as he was trying to spin Barbosa with 10:17 left in the third quarter, but remained in the game.
JOE’S WOES: Johnson hit two of his first three shots -- then proceeded to miss 12 of his next 16. He ended up going 6-for-19 from the field. Guess he isn’t out of his early-season funk just yet. Still, he delivered when it counted, notching 19 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists.
THIRD’S THE BAD WORD: The Nets played yet another poor third quarter. In this one, they were outscored 29-15 and shot 28.6 percent (6-for-21).
ANOTHER DOUBLE-DOUBLE: Kris Humphries quietly contributed his third double-double (10 points and 13 rebounds).
CAROM COUNTER: Through seven games, Lopez has grabbed 46 rebounds.
MR. FIRST QUARTER: Lopez had 10 points, 3 rebounds and 2 blocks in the opening 12 minutes.
INJURY REPORT: Gerald Wallace missed his sixth straight game due to a sprained left ankle. MarShon Brooks, who missed the previous three games due to a sprained left ankle, returned and played six minutes. The Celtics were without starting point guard Rajon Rondo (sprained right ankle).
GETTING PHYSICAL: Keith Bogans fouled Barbosa hard in the second quarter and had the Brazilian point guard by the neck. The Celtics wanted a flagrant foul, but didn’t get one.
HISTORY IN THE MAKING: The last time the Nets played on TNT was Jan. 24, 2008, against Golden State.
WHO’S IN THE HOUSE? Giants wideout Victor Cruz was given a nice ovation when he was shown on the video board. Rapper Fabolous was in one of the lounges. Ellen Pompeo of "Grey’s Anatomy" was also in attendance.
UP NEXT: Nets vs. Kings, Sunday at 6 p.m. in Sacramento, Calif.